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Super Mario Odyssey (JP) is the latest entry in the Mario series and returns to a nonlinear approach like Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario 64 DS to explore levels inspired by real-life locations. It was released on the Nintendo Switch worldwide on October 27, 2017.
The plot is about Bowser kidnapping Princess Peach and attempting to marry her. He travels across the world and Mario chases after him in his flying hat airship named the Odyssey. Mario comes across Cappy, who possesses his hat to help him fight Bowser and save his sister Tiara, whom Bowser has also kidnapped.
Bowser enlists the help of the Broodals to help plan his wedding and beat Mario. Most levels provide a part in preparation for Bowser's wedding. For instance, the Wooded Kingdom is holding a greenhouse where Bowser is stealing flowers from to make the bouquet. The exeptions are the Cascade Kingdom, the Cloud Kingdom, the Lost Kingdom, the Metro Kingdom, the Ruined Kingdom, and the Darker Side
Mario retains his moves from the previous 3D games, among them the Triple Jump, the Long Jump, the Roll, the Ground Pound, and the Dive, the latter of which hasn't been in the series since Super Mario 64 DS. He also wears Cappy, which he can throw like a boomerang, and he can also jump off of it in mid-air as if it were a platform.
However, Cappy's main feature is turning Mario into whatever Mario throws him on including enemies. Coins have changed wildly in this version. Regular coins are now used to buy costumes and items at Crazy Cap stores. Each Kingdom also has 50-100 of their own purple currency named Regional Coins.
A second player can join the game anytime. Player 2 controls Cappy, who can move freely without Mario's control while spinning to hit anything he crosses. Cappy can jump with the X button, and look around with the Y button.
Mario can wear a variety of costumes with most purchasable in Crazy Cap stores. These are listed in the List of Costumes in Super Mario Odyssey.
The Super Mario Odyssey series of amiibo were released alongside the game, as well as all previously released amiibo being compatible. The following are:
- Mario - Grants you invincibility for a short time.
- Peach - Gives you a Life-Up Heart.
- Bowser - Indicates the location of local currencies.
- Mario, Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Dr.Mario, Diddy Kong, Wedding Mario, Wedding Peach, and Wedding Bowser - Provide a costume for Mario to wear.
- All- Can give Mario a few coins.
Luigi's Balloon World
An update in February 2018 added this new online activity. Players can find Luigi after beating the game. The first thing players can do is hide a balloon somewhere in the Kingdom in the given time. Then, players can talk to Luigi to access other players' balloon placements and racing to find them.
|Mushroom Kingdom||Peach's Castle|
|Cascade Kingdom||Fossil Falls|
|Lake Kingdom||Lake Lamode|
|Wooded Kingdom||Steam Gardens|
|Cloud Kingdom||Nimbus Arena|
|Lost Kingdom||Forgotten Isle|
|Metro Kingdom||New Donk City|
|Luncheon Kingdom||Mount Volbono|
|Bowser's Kingdom||Bowser's Castle|
|Moon Kingdom||Honeylune Ridge|
|Dark Side||Rabbit Ridge|
|Darker Side||Culmina Crater|
- Princess Peach
- The Toad Brigade
- Uncle amiibo
- Lord of Lightning
- Local residents
- Koopa Troopas
- Little Birds
- Micro Goombas
- Goomba Towers
- Chargin' Chucks
- Urban Stingbies
- Bullet Bills
- Bill Blasters
- Banzai Bills
- Cheep Cheeps
- Fishin' Lakitus
- Fire Piranha Plants
- Poison Piranha Plants
- Big Poison Piranha Plant
- Soirée Bouquet
- Fire Bros.
- Chain Chomps
- Big Chain Chomps
- Oil Drums
- Spike Bars
Items and objects
- Regional Coins
- Purple Coins (Mushroom Kingdom)
- Top-Hat Coins (Cap Kingdom)
- Wheel Coins (Cascade Kingdom)
- Pyramid Coins (Sand Kingdom)
- Scale Coins (Lake Kingdom)
- Bolt Nut Coins (Wooded Kingdom)
- Leaf Coins (Lost Kingdom)
- Portrait-Stamped Coins (Metro Kingdom)
- Snowflake Coins (Snow Kingdom)
- Shell Coins (Seaside Kingdom)
- Tomato Coins (Luncheon Kingdom)
- Oblong Coins (Bowser's Kingdom)
- Star Bit Coins (Moon Kingdom)
- ? Blocks
- Brick Blocks
- Checkpoint Flags
- Life-Up Hearts
- Moon Shards / Moon fragments
- Multi Moons
- Power Moons
- Rainbow Notes
- Safety Bars
- Sand Geysers
- Treasure chests
- Warp Pipes
- The Odyssey
Development began after Super Mario 3D World released in 2013. For example, the team found that throwing a hat was the best action to perform with the Joy-Con controller, resulting in the hat "capture" game mechanic.
They wanted a familiar aspect of the series to anchor players in the novel setting, and so chose Pauline to be the mayor of the world known as New Donk City. Their character development of Pauline led to Odyssey's theme song, "Jump Up, Super Star!", the first Super Mario theme with vocals, being performed by her voice actress. Some of Mario's costume options reference the character's costumes in prior games of the series, such as Mario's Picross and Super Mario Maker. The lack of required Power Moons for game progression gives players to explore at their leisure.
Super Mario Odyssey received widespread acclaim when it was shown at E3 2017. The BBC wrote that Odyssey was a capstone on "Nintendo's triumphant comeback", following its success with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild earlier in 2017. USgamer's editor-in-chief liked the structure of small platforming challenges within the Sand Kingdom's sandbox world but complained that Odyssey lacked in gameplay execution, with missions in the New Donk City level that felt "slow and boring".
Super Mario Odyssey received widespread universal acclaim from critics. Metacritic calculated an average score of 97 out of 100 and is the fifth highest rated. Edgemagazine awarded Super Mario Odyssey with a perfect score, directing praise towards the inventiveness of the game's new ideas and the risks Nintendo had taken to deviate from the establish formula of Mario games, which they felt had paid off.
Famitsu gave the game a score of 39/40, the same as Super Mario 64 and the highest score for a 3D Mario game since then. IGN gave the game a score of 10/10, stating that the game "distills the venerable series’ joyful, irreverent world and characters and best-in-class platforming action, and introduces a steady stream of new and unexpected mechanics."
For a limited time, a Super Mario Odyssey-themed Nintendo Switch Bundle is available on the games release which includes the following:
- The Nintendo Switch console
- Red collored Left and Right Joy-Con controllers
- A download code for the full Super Mario Odyssey game
- A Nintendo Switch carrying case
- A Nintendo Switch Dock
- A Cereal with the box functioning as an amiibo.
It was revealed that Super Mario Odyssey sold more than 2 million copies worldwide in 3 days on the market. In five days it sold 1.1 million in North America alone. As of the end of December 2017, Super Mario Odyssey sold 9.07 million copies which is almost two third of the install base of the Switch itself at the time.
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